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Red Jezebel is a four piece indie rock band from Perthmarker, Western Australiamarker.

Early years

The band has had a long history with Eskimo Joe, with both bands competing in the WA final of the Australian National Campus Band Competition at North Perth's Planet Nightclub in 1997. Eskimo Joe won and went onto win the national final, while Red Jezebel came in fourth.

The band's name comes from an emergency evacuation codeword used by an Australian supermarket chain a number of the members worked for in the group's early years.

Recordings

Between 1998 and 2000 the band released three critically acclaimed EP Joyful Possibilities, In Transit and Intermezzo. Within this time, the band received a Kiss My WAMi award for "Most Promising Band" in 1998, completed two national tours (with Jebediah and Bodyjar), had live slots on Triple J and ABC's Recovery TV program, and performed at The Big Day Out.

2002 saw Red Jezebel release the EP Home Coming, which signalled a new level of song-writing maturity for the four-piece. 2002 also saw Mark Cruickshank win a WAMi award for 'Most Popular Male Original Bass Player'. Red Jezebel released the single "Wide Open Spaces" in October 2003, which received widespread airplay nationally.

Revelations was the band's debut album and was released on Perthmarker-based label Sunday Ride Records via MGM distribution. It was recorded by Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios in Western Australiamarker. The album features the songs "Wide Open Spaces", "Ocean Blue Eyes", "Devil’s Advocate", "You’re Making Me Nervous" and "See Through Dress", all of which received heavy rotation on Triple J.

The album represents Red Jezebel's versatility. Revelations ranges from guitar-based rock ("Trust In Us") to psycho-country ("Dale") to acoustic based ballads ("New Revelations" and "See Through Dress" – both featuring vocals from The Hampdens’ Susannah Legge). During this period, Dave Parkin replaced founding member Chris Hayes on second guitar duties.

In 2006 Red Jezebel spent the whole of July in Blackbird Studios putting the finishing touches to what would be their next EP which was due for release in July 2007. This was to be the band's first major label release, having recently signed to the Mushroom Records label (through Warner Music). These inititial plans for an EP release were delayed due to various record company-related factors, at which point the band parted ways with Warner Music. Instead the band released a 13 track LP titled How I Learnt to Stop Worrying in October 2007 on their independent label, Sunday Ride Records, distributed by MGM. The first song from the album "Kicking Deadly Sins" has received significant airplay on Triple J, various community radio stations around Australia (Edge Radio, RTRFM) and the video on rage.

Touring

Red Jezebel has played many shows since their formation in 1997, and have supported some of pop and rock's biggest names, including Art of Fighting, Bluebottle Kiss, Blueline Medic, Brad, Deadstar, Even, Gerling, The Living End, Mach Pelican, The Mavis's, Motor Ace, Powderfinger, Sidewinder, Skulker, Something for Kate, The Superjesus, Tumbleweed, Keane and many more.

In 2005, the band completed three interstate tours and performed at the Southbound festival in Busseltonmarker.

2006 saw the band tour as main support for Eskimo Joe, and for Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males during their first Western Australian headline tour. Following which the band toured nationally with Little Birdy.

Band members

Current members

  • Paul Wood - vocals, guitar
  • Dave Parkin - guitar
  • Mark Cruickshank - bass guitar
  • Alex Hyman - drums

Former members

  • Chris Hayes - guitar


Discography

Albums

  • Revelations (June 7, 2004)
  • How I Learnt to Stop Worrying (October 13, 2007)


EPs

  • Joyful Possibilities (March, 1998)
  • In Transit (March, 1999)
  • Intermezzo (March, 2000)
  • Home Coming (May, 2002)


Singles

  • "Wide Open Spaces" (November 3, 2003) Sunday Ride Records
  • "Kicking Deadly Sins" (2007) - radio single


Compilations

  • Eat More Perth Homegrown (1999) - "Itch"
  • Kiss My WAMi 1999 (1999) - "Get Fresh"
  • Kiss My WAMi 2000 (2000) - "Driver
  • Fuse Festival 2004 (2004) - "Devil's Advocate"
  • Home & Hosed - Freshly Plucked (2004) - "Devil's Advocate"
  • Coastal Chill 05 (2005) - "Ocean Blue Eyes"
  • Kiss My WAMi 2005 (2005) - "The World Was On A Plate"


Trivia

  • Dave Parkin is also the record producer at Blackbird Studios in Perth, Western Australiamarker and has worked with the likes of Snowman, Jebediah and The Panda Band, as well as Red Jezebel.
  • Dave Parkin has won WAMi award in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for 'Best Record Producer/Engineer', and in 2007 for 'Best Sound Engineer'.


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